Using Schools as a Resource After a Brain Injury

[Dr. Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa] I think the most important thing that teenagers and parents should know is to use the school system as a resource after a brain injury because time in medical care is much shortened and regardless of where teenagers get medical care, they all go back to school, whether it's public school or private school. If you're in public school, there are support services available for individuals who have had brain injury, and there are several types of those services. Sometimes things are done at the local level through a student support team. Sometimes individuals have 504 plans, and sometimes individuals have special education. Actually, special education is the way to get things like a transition plan to adulthood. There is a traumatic brain injury category that people who have had traumatic brain injuries can be eligible for. Schools are doing some things to learn more about brain injury. Many state departments of education have had training that first started when the definition for eligibility came out in the early 90s, and schools were very interested in this. Over time what's happened is staff has changed so it's important to keep the training ongoing. Several schools in different states have done webinars and made materials accessible, but there's still more to learn.

Although states and school systems vary, schools can be great resources for kids with TBI — and their parents. Support services can range from 504 plans and special ed to transition plans for teens.

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Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa

Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa, PhD has 30 years of clinical experience in brain injury and has developed various pediatric rehabilitation programs. She is a researcher/speech pathologist at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and adjunct faculty, Department of Pediatrics, Emory School of Medicine.

Posted on BrainLine July 2, 2013.

Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough, Justin Rhodes, and Lara Collins, BrainLine.

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